3 independent reviews for The Cairngorms wildlife holiday in Scotland

Reviews for The Cairngorms wildlife holiday in Scotland

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review 28 Jun 2021

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Finally seeing the otter on our fourth attempt! Worth the wait! All the other wildlife was fantastic too, particularly the red squirrel and red deer. Plus a special shout out to our adorable camp guardian Reko (Daneís dog).

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Donít underestimate how cold it gets in the north of Scotland, even in summer. The weather is very changeable so lots of layers is the way to go!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, all of these.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A great opportunity to immerse yourself in nature for a week. Dane is a fantastic host and catered for dietary requirements better than many hotels.

review 22 Aug 2020

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We lived camping in the forest, feeling like we had it to ourselves. Spotting deer as we walked through the trees was amazing, as was learning about the bats with the bat detector.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

It's a bit like camping with a butler! It felt a bit strange at first with Dane doing all the cooking and clearing up, but we got used to it! My tip is to communicate all your concerns and preferences to Dane beforehand- he is so accommodating and friendly.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our vacation had very low environmental impacts and was a hugely positive, close up experience of nature for our children.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A wonderful experience for our family of five, giving us a chance to get away from it all and have exclusive access to a knowledgeable guide for the whole time.

review 12 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There are honestly too many fantastic parts of the trip to be able to pick just one! We loved having the butterfly net on walks to catch interesting arthropods and inspect them! We loved star gazing with a cup of hot chocolate next to the fire while Dane told us traditional stories about the stars. The walks we went on were so beautiful and off the beaten track. It really makes the trip being able to go and explore places where others haven't been. It's a fantastic feeling to be able to have a proper base camp to go back to that has little home comforts like blankets and hot water bottles but still being in a really lovely spot hidden from the public. Falling asleep to the sound of a babbling burn is something that everyone should do at least once in their life. Waking up early to watch the sun rise over a loch to watch for otters was beautiful! All of this being said... The BEST part for me was the wildlife that we saw - a plethora of Red Dear, an abundance of Roe Dear, Red Squirrels, Scottish Crossbills and myriad interesting insects.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take a good pair of walking boots, wet weather gear and a pack of cards. You literally don't need anything else!!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We had zero impact on the environment that we stayed in as we were camping in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Dane is very concious of the environment in everything that he does. Dane is also a big supporter of a local dog rescue center where some of his profit goes too!!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

10/10 would recommend Dane to anyone that was looking for a wilderness adventure without the hastle of having to put up your own tent and cook for yourself. His knowledge or the natural landscape, wildlife and traditional folklore is fantastic. He tells brilliant camp fire stories and is genuinely one of the nicest people with the kindest heart we've ever met.

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